I received this beautiful note in my inbox this morning from a dear friend who has traveled a long road to engagement. As I’ve been pondering grace this week with LL Barkat (too late for her giveaway, but you still want to read the amazing posts about Mary and Grace!), I thought Jen’s story was perfect. She’s given me permission to post it below.
My Mom for the longest time (really for as long as I can remember) has always been writing scriptures down that she feels the Lord has laid on her heart for me, good quotes from books that she thinks apply to my life, or even some times what she feels like the Lord is speaking to me (i.e. a specific word for me). She use to write it down on scrap paper, sticky notes, etc but ever since the Mary Engelbreit daily calendars started coming out, she has saved the “torn off” days and used the back of them to write her notes.
Well, back on July 5th, 2002 (which was a tough, tough time for me…my twin sister had just gotten married in May of that year and I just felt generally directionless and lonely and was really struggling with depression), she wrote what she felt like was a specific word from the Lord for me concerning my husband and folded it up and placed it in a ring box she had gotten from a ring she had bought recently.
Here’s what it said:
July 5th, 2002
You are being kept as a precious jewel until that time I chose to bless my faithful man with his best, most joyous reward. You will be a great delight to his worn spirit; you will be a refreshment to him that I have saved and planned from eternity past.
He will satisfy you more than you can comprehend. Take deep comfort in this as I make preparations!”
Well, unbeknownst to my Mom, I kept that little ring box by my Bible and devotional books and sometimes on my nightstand (this little box made it through quite a few moves I might add) and for over seven years, any time my eyes rested on it, I would pray for my future husband (and in all honesty, cry out that He would bring him in to my life right then!).
I had decided years ago that when that man finally came along (in God’s perfect timing and when His preparations were complete) and when he proposed and pulled out a ring box with a ring for my finger, that I would give him my box with God’s Word for me and him in it and explain the history of it. After Jesse had met with my parents and they gave their blessing to proceed, I just put the box in my purse as I had no clue when he would propose but wanted to have it with me.
So, after Jesse asked me to marry him and I said YES! 🙂 and he put the ring on my finger, I dug down in my purse and pulled out my ring box and gave it to him and explained it’s origin. He opened the box, pulled out the note and began to read and tears began to fill his eyes (it was the Lord speaking directly to him as well). When he finished reading it and as he pondered the words on it with tears in his eyes, he flipped the piece of paper over. Well, it was a Mary Engelbreit daily calendar page (which I had looked at a thousand times over the previous 7 years that I pulled out that piece of paper and prayed for my husband)…and though I had never noticed the date as anything significant, he immediately did…the date on the calendar page was October 12…his birthday. Tears were freely flowing from both of us at that point…how awesome and loving is our God…that over seven years ago in July of 2002, my Mom would randomly pull a piece of scrap paper out to write down a word from the Lord for me about my husband on it and that out of 365 days in the year, it would be my most wonderful gift’s birthday date!!! He already had the answer to my heart’s cry!
How incredible is the Lord…His mercies are new every morning and though we think Him to be silent sometimes…He is not and He is certainly not inactive!